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Day Four - The Longest Day Ever

2014 Session A - Mastersgever1 Comment

Wednesday, the nemesis of tinkerers everywhere. Our schedule (see earlier post) says that we are sealing the pontoons with wax today, but...

It's this kind of day - we just don't know it yet.

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Liora and Serena and Megan and sometimes Lauren (who is still visiting every team that needs help) are starting to work out the details on the mast.

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Your Daily Goat.

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Portrait of a Tinkerer: Evan needed extra sawdust protection (we all did, there was an unprecedented amount of cutting today).

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Portrait of a Collaborator: Nova is one of the best listeners.

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Miles takes the lead on the pontoons, also known as "floaty bobbers" (and sticks with it until long after dinner) in order to try and get us back on schedule.

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As per our erstwhile habit of repurposing donated paragliders, the sail team carefully dissects a wing to make a sail - an activity that would send any pilot into a conniption fit.

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Liora examines the internal organs of the wing and discovers a perfectly good velcro belt.

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Megan works to salvage as many of the paraglider's lines as possible.

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Jigsawing the oars puts saw operators faces very close to the sawdust spraying out of the tool.

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The jigsaw leaves a very sharp and splintery edge, and the oar team (Frannie, Evan, Elizabeth and Lauren) set to work with knives, rasps, and sanding blocks to address the problem.

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Evan diligently carved away at every single oar to keep the production line going.

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Gabriel puts his Opinel to work.

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The first meeting of the sailmakers knitting club gets down to business.

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After consulting with the deck team, the bench team realizes that there is a problem with the mounting system they had planned and sets about revising the benches so that they can be easily screwed to the deck.

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This is what a good water-tight lacing looks like.

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The first stop on the way to the Ranch House for lunch is the hand-washing station - no dirty hands in the kitchen.

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We wear the goggles so much, we sometimes forget that we have them on. Megan remembers just lunch is served.

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Hands of a Tinkerer: Megan attaches mast rings to the sail. This will be the first non-sticking sail to mast solution ever at Tinkering School.

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Hands of a Tinkerer: Lauren (who does everything) is right in there too.

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Elijah carefully drills holes for the seam lacing that will keep the pontoons watertight.

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Gever had to climb up the barn wall to capture the amazing hive of activity in the pontoon manufacturing plant.

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Still hard at work on the pontoons, the unstoppable Miles keeps the production pace brisk.

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Every boom ever made at Tinkering School has posed a few problems - this one is no different. Luckily, Liora and Serena of the sail team have a (new) plan.

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Young Josh pre-threads the wire laces in so that the pliers team can come along and twist them tight.

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Elizabeth seems undaunted by her first finger cut of the day (later she will cut the exact same finger in a door, just on the opposite side of this cut).

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Hands of a Tinkerer: Lauren fits the eye bolt into the end of the boom.

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Liora loves her big wire ring.

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Four fully wax-sealed oars, and the prototype/backup oar.

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Your Weekly Flower (thanks Frannie!).

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Ben is ready for the trailer ride (no running boards on the van this year) to the big pantry for more dinner supplies.

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It is quite possible that there is no other person on the planet that enjoys riding outside of a vehicle as much as Young Josh does (but Lauren would give him a run for his money in that department).

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Dinner happened. The list of things still left to do before we can test the boats is longer than we would like, so we head back to the barn for a marathon work session.

Starting with the beautiful and very hydrodynamic pontoon prow.

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Miles. With a boat. Again. Undauntable.

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There are four half pontoons that will be fastened together to create two whole pontoons. The production teams are cranking them out.

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Hard working teams deserve delicious dessert. Tonight we are treated to strawberries and pound cake with "Frannie's Goop" (sour cream mixed with brown sugar).

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We started the day at 8:30 in the morning, and the last teams left the barn at 10:30 in the evening. No whining, no cranky-pants, just full steam ahead all day and into the night. This is why we love Tinkering School - it is more fun to work than to sleep.

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